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This video of a truck with billboards displaying the Ayodhya Ram Mandir visuals is from Sydney (Australia).

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A video of a truck with billboards displaying the visuals of Ayodhya Ram Mandir is being shared widely on social media with a claim that the video was shot in Israel. Let’s fact-check the claim made in the post.

The archived version of the post can be found here.

Claim: Video of a truck with billboards in Israel showing the visuals of Ayodhya Ram Mandir.

Fact: The video was taken in Sydney (Australia), not in Israel. The video was taken at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Sydney. Hence the claim made in the post is FALSE.

When the screenshots of the video were run through Google Reverse Image Search, no results were found. So, when searched if any such billboards were displayed in any foreign country, two results were found in the search results. One is at New York Times Square and the other is at Blacktown City Council, Sydney. Similar visuals on the billboards can be seen in the posted video and the Sydney video. But there is no truck in the Sydney video.

When we searched further about the Sydney billboard, it was found that the billboard was placed by ‘Hindu Council of Australia’. So, when we looked on their Facebook page, the same video of the billboard at Blacktown City Council, Sydney can be seen. Also, in another video on their Facebook page, the truck in the posted video can be seen. The same license plate and other similarities can be seen.

In the Sydney video, the man mentions that the truck started from Swami Narayan Temple, went across the city and reached Harris Park. So, when we looked on Google Maps, the same parking lot, as seen in the posted video, can be found behind the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir building.

Also, in the street view of the same location on Google Maps, the building in the posted video can be seen.

FACTLY has also tried to contact ‘Hindu Council of Australia’ and this article will be updated when we receive their response.

To sum it up, a video of a truck with billboards in Sydney displaying the Ayodhya Ram Mandir visuals falsely shared as a video from Israel.  

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